Benedict XVI to Visit Martyrs' Memorial

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VATICAN CITY, APRIL 3, 2008 ( Benedict XVI will make a visit to a Roman memorial dedicated to martyrs of the 20th and 21st centuries and constructed by the Sant'Egidio Community.

In the afternoon of Monday, April 7, the Pope will make a visit to the memorial located in the Basilica of St. Bartholomew on Rome's Isola Tiberina.

This visit marks the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the Sant'Egidio Community, which the Servant of God John Paul II entrusted with the construction of the memorial in the basilica.

A communiqué released by the Sant'Egidio Community explains that the Basilica of St. Bartholomew is "one of the oldest places of worship in the capital. It contains memorials and relics of many witnesses of our time, from the martyr Bishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, to Cardinal Posadas Ocampo who was killed by drug traffickers in Guadalajara, Mexico; from the evangelical pastor Paul Schneider [...] who opposed Nazism as a contentious objector and witness of the faith, to Father Andrea Santoro, a Roman priest killed recently in Trabzon, Turkey."